Adult and Youth Sunday School

Adult and Youth Sunday School meets at 9:30 a.m. each Sunday, September 10th through May 21st. All classes will be held in person and virtual.  The following classes are offered:

Bible Study
Room 9/Zoom
Teachers: Jerry Chappell, Davis Gray, and Rev. Dr. Steve Parrish

This class is studying Jesus and His Jewish Influences by Professor Jodi Magness, Ph. D.

For anyone interested in understanding the profound effect Jesus had on the world, it’s important to realize that his actions and teachings didn’t emerge from a vacuum. Rather, they were the product of a fascinating dialogue with—and reaction to—the traditions, cultures, and historical developments of ancient Jewish beliefs. In fact, early Judaism and Jesus are two subjects so inextricably linked that one cannot arrive at a true understanding of Jesus without understanding the time in which he lived and taught.

In search of a more complete comprehension of Jesus’s legacy, this course explores fundamental questions such as:

  • How was early Judaism markedly different from the Rabbinic Judaism practiced today?
  • What kind of world did early Jewish sects envision, and how does Jesus’s world view relate to theirs?
  • How did events like the Babylonian exile and the reign of Herod the Great affect the development of Judaism up to Jesus’s time?
  • What did it really mean to be a Jew in ancient Israel—and what did it mean for Jesus?

Answers to these and other thought-provoking questions about ancient Judaism and the roots of Jesus’s ministry can be found in the 24 intriguing lectures of Jesus and His Jewish Influences. Crafted by acclaimed archaeologist and biblical scholar Jodi Magness of The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, this fascinating course approaches the subject of Jesus from a historical, rather than scriptural, perspective; one rooted in the study of ancient texts and archaeological discoveries. You’ll embark upon an in-depth investigation of the ancient world that Jesus was born into, and you’ll revisit the tumultuous events of early Jewish history with the specific purpose of gleaning hidden insights into how they shaped an individual—and a movement—whose legacy endures to this very day.

Faith in the World

Room 8/Zoom
Teachers: Mark Brown, Jeff Ingram, and Lila Piercey

This class will be studying Chosen: Reading the Bible Amid the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict by Walter Brueggeman.

In Chosen?, Walter Brueggemann explores the situation in modern-day Israel that raises questions for many Christians who are easily confused when reading biblical accounts of God’s saving actions with the Israelites. Are modern Israeli citizens the descendants of the Israelites in the Bible whom God called chosen? Was the promise of land to Moses permanent and irrevocable? What about others living in the promised land? How should we read the Bible in light of the modern situation? Who are the Zionists, and what do they say?

In four chapters, Brueggemann addresses the main questions people have with regards to what the Bible has to say about this ongoing issue. A question-and-answer section with Walter Brueggemann, a glossary of terms, study guide, and guidelines for respectful dialogue are also included. The reader will get answers to their key questions about how to understand God’s promises to the biblical people often called Israel and the conflict between Israel and Palestine today.

Lectionary
Room 10/Zoom
Coordinators: Jaime Groce and Volunteers

This adult class will be studying resources called Feasting on the Word; they study the scripture texts as they arise in the Revised Common Lectionary, a lectionary for worship now used by many Protestant churches, including ours; the lectionary includes readings for Sunday services. Lively discussion can be expected. Class members see their class as excellent preparation for the weekly worship experience.

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